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Air Local 512
November 20, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
On Wednesday, the Company notified Local 512 that even though they approved all the voluntary requests, they would trigger Article 22, Section (A), Paragraph (3) in our JCBA. If we were on a regular schedule like we were last year, this language would have never been implemented. It was caused by the drastically reduced plans throughout the system. COVID-19 has hit our industry very hard; hopefully, there is some light at the end of the tunnel. Per Article 22, Section (D), "Employees not scheduled to work or scheduled to work but not required to work the above-mentioned holidays, will be compensated for the day equal to the number of regularly scheduled hours at their regular straight-time rate, or may at their option, deposit such hours into their compensatory bank."
Any member who had scheduled their Thanksgiving Holidays (8) hour straight time to be placed in their Compensatory bank does have the option to withdraw them. You would need to email American Airlines (ORD) Administration at ORD.Team.SC@aa.com and state that you no longer want to COMP the Holiday; please specify the date.
Earlier this week, our Governor of Illinois announced he is imposing new restrictions. He will be limit capacity at retail shops, shutting down casinos, museums, and other indoor entertainment. He is also urging everyone to avoid unnecessary gatherings, particularly next week for Thanksgiving. We are at a point that he may issue a "Stay home Order."
Due to the surge of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we had several members who tested positive this week. We had one member in Title II, four members at Cargo, and four ramp members, along with a dozen who are being tested and on the pandemic leave. Please keep your thoughts and prayers for the two hospitalized members and all those affected this year.
We will continue to remind everyone to please wear your facemask and keep yourself socially distant. As expected, the COVID-19 Coronavirus has surged to new heights. Please wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer. With your help, we can keep this virus at bay and help save lives. Please reach out to our Safety Team or call the hall if you have any concerns or questions.
The Company has extended the enrollment deadline for those retirees moving into the Medicare Advantage plans. The enrollment is for the pre 11/1/2012 post 65 retirees; the date was extended to December 4, 2020. The Company will also publish an updated FAQ document on the Retiree Jetnet.
We have an ongoing problem with BSO luggage not delivered to the Baggage service but placed on the claim belt. The issue has been discussed with management, and the Local has given many different alternatives for resolving the issue. But have not gotten any resolution. Please take the minute to check every bag for a BSO tag. We were also notified that over thirty members did not complete their lessons on time. Please get your lessons done; if you have any issues, reach out to the training department. Also, we hope to have our TWU Local 512 Grievance field office open by next week in the old room 100. We will also be passing out facemask and hand sanitizers next week.
Lastly, due to the Thanksgiving Holidays, there will be no Weekly Update for November 27, 2020. We wish you and your family a warm and safe Thanksgiving Holiday.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
President – TWU Local 512
City by city, industry by industry, TWU members are on the frontlines of the Covid-19 fight nationwide.
Please watch today's video message from TWU International President John Samuelsen on our union's tireless efforts to support our members in this global crisis.
Please continue to communicate with the TWU International staff by emailing Health@twu.org with any concerns, requests, or updates from your local. We are here to support you in this crisis as you continue to keep America moving.